The Archduke Franz Ferdinand has been assassinated on June 28, 1914, and Europe stumble towards the most destructive war in its history. Ex-Chancellor von Bulow some years ago met with Winston Churchill (then head of the British Navy), and agreed that in such a dangerous crisis, which the mentally unstable Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany could aggravate into an unstoppable conflict, the two would work together to assassinate the Emperor. They each enlist a marksman, von Bulow a young naval officer whose father was once disgraced by the Kaiser, and Churchill his own aide. The two men rendezvous at Bulow's summer island cottage where they become rivals for the old man's young and beautiful niece. In the meantime, the Berlin police have caught wind of the plot and send their ace detective on the trail of the plotters. The plan is to murder the Kaiser during his summer Norwegian cruise, when he comes ashore for a picnic. How it all turns out is the page-turning story of this novel, Kill The Kaiser.
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About the Author
Stanley Warren was born in New York City in 1940. He has an M. A. in English Literature, from City University of New York and a B. A. in English from Hofstra University. Formerly an adjunct English instructor in two suburban Philadelphia community colleges, he has written for trade and consumer magazines and newspapers as an editor, reporter and columnist. His creative work has been centered on poetry, having some 30 poems appearing in print, as well as doing numerous poetry readings. In 1968 he wrote lyrics for the debut album of two progressive electronic rock musicians titled Silver Apples, and several of his lyrics are still sung today. He also has written three non-fiction works: a sexual memoir, Flowers Never Bend (published in 1998 online by SpiritVitrtualBooks); a first person work account about being an EMT in Detroit, The Meat Factory, self-published in 1999; and The Effects of War, annotated Civil War letters with supporting text, published in 2007 by the Warner New Hampshire Historical Society. In the past decade he has turned to fiction writing, having two short stories published. "Pay the Price," a fantasy work in Bored Again, and "The Death of Baby Hitler," a science fiction story in Launch Pad, both "little press" magazines in Philadelphia. The King's Pawn, his first novel, appeared in 2012. This year has already seen the appearance of Through Scattered Leaves: A Commonplace Book, an anthology of short quotations from some of our culture's most brilliant thinkers. The Great Mystery, also appearing early this year, is a collection of his philosophical aphorisms. Kill The Kaiser is his second foray into historical fiction.